Horse & Hound's buying guides feature the best kit on the market. Over the coming weeks and months, we'll feature rugs, breeches, boots and all manner of kit for both horse and rider. While spring may be nearly here, we'll still have the odd icy blast to contend with during the coming weeks so don't dismiss these great winter accessories just yet...
Uvex winter ear warmers
For the cold, wet wintry days, Uvex have thought of everything. The Uvex ear warmers are simple to fit to your helmet, and are constructed in such a way that your hearing is not impaired, which is vital for your safety. Balance is affected by hearing, and hearing is vital to your well-being. Therefore Uvex have manufactured double-faced, warm, padded, protective ear muffs that are designed to fit into your Uvex helmet securely. They slide into a narrow aperture at the side of the helmet and lock in to place. The material is soft against the skin and is made from a wicking material that is anti-bacterial, preventing irritation or sensitivity issues. The material that covers the ear has acoustic properties which prevents any loss of hearing or distortion when riding out, thereby keeping you not only warm but safe. One size fits all.
Visit: www.zebraproducts.co.uk, www.facebook.com/uvexequestrianuk
Narrow wool noood by Noood London
The narrow noood is a luxury knitwear accessory hand knitted from 100% pure wool and is available in a range of colours.
Equetech cable knit headband
Deep, cosy cable knit patterned headband with fleece lining. Ideal for all yard duties and training. Stretch fit. One size fits all. Available in navy, fir green, caramel or ecru.
Timothy Foxx socks
These Timothy Foxx socks are beautifully warm and soft socks are built for comfort and strength and ideal to fold over long boots. Made in three ply merino wool acrylic blend, with a reinforced foot area.
Great for walking the dog, riding or strutting your stuff around town this winter. Available in eight fantastic colours.
Hy winter quilted half chaps
These are the perfect choice for those nippy winter rides, featuring fur lining and a stylish fur trim. A zip fastening with a secure press stud at the bottom, and a reinforced elastic foot strap. A comfortable, water resistant option with an elasticated calf to provide a closer fit. Available in black or brown, sizes XS-XL.
Visit: www.hy-equestrian.com or call 01522 529206
Tuffa suede full chaps
Tuffa’s suede full chaps are ideal for winter riding as they help to protect the legs from cold, wet conditions by adding another layer. The chaps are made using strong, durable suede and are great for time on the yard and for riding. They’re available in black and brown in sizes XXS-L.
Ariat cable scarf
The cable scarf is a beautiful chunky knit scarf made from super soft acrylic yarns for a comfortable and cosy feel. The perfect winter accessory. Available in coal or natural.
Visit: www.ariat-europe.com or call 0845 600 3209
Mark Todd ladies’ long socks
Ideal for wearing with breeches, these long socks have a padded footbed for added comfort. Sold as a pack of two pairs. Available in black/grey, electric blue/grey or purple/grey. One size fits all.
Visit: www.wefi.co.uk or call 01303 872277
Just Chaps dri riders
These chaps are waterproof and breathable — yet lightweight — with a micro-fleece lining to keep you warm both in and out of the saddle. Available in sizes from child aged six through to adult extra large and in two lengths —the range covers all shapes and sizes. The velcro-fastened ankle-straps and detachable stirrup straps prevent ride-up and the waistband is fully adjustable, giving a comfortable and flexible fit. Made with a tough, quick-drying outer layer with an internal impermeable membrane, there’s no need to worry about reproofing. The reflective piping gives added visibility. Just Chaps — just right, every time.
Visit: www.justchaps.com or call 01730 825797
Horseware tech stretch chap
With a contour cut for a flattering fit, the tech stretch chap is the ultimate schooling half chap. Made from advanced four way stretch fabric, tech stretch half chaps are an easy care yet breathable and comfortable chap, with a strong reinforced calf and a durable underfoot strap for added security. Available in black, sizes XS-XL, in short, regular and long leg lengths.
Just Togs comfort fit suede half chaps
Extremely comfortable and durable made from best quality suede leather. Close fitting elastic insert at the rear adapts to the contour of the leg for maximum comfort and fit. Great for everyday use.
Available in sizes XS-XL and coulours black and brown.
DexShell waterproof overcalf socks
These high performance waterproof, breathable socks are designed to keep feet warm and dry in the harshest conditions. A durable outer protects a waterproof and breathable porelle membrane, while a soft liner wicks moisture and sweat away from the foot. Designed with a terry loop lining for warmth and four-way stretch for an excellent fit, these knee-length socks are ideal for wearing under long boots and they protect feet when switching from muckers to boots too. The result? Wearers stay warm and dry so they can get on with jobs around the yard or out in the field in comfort.
Are you looking for a rug to suit your horse this spring? If so then next week’s buyers’ guide promises to be essential reading as it focuses on medium weight stable rugs